Jeff Rankin was Born in Durban, South Africa in 1952.
Starting in 1971, Jeff Rankin studied fine art and printmaking to a Masters level (in Durban, the UK and Stellenbosch). He has worked as an art educator, political cartoonist, illustrator and designer. His first group exhibition was in 1973 in Durban. Jeff has participated in solo and group shows in SA and abroad since then. An early interest in drawing, graphic art and book arts made printmaking a natural focus. Hard-ground etching was an early choice as it suits his use of line drawing. For the past 15 years, Jeff has enjoyed working in woodcuts (prints or the original block hand-coloured). This continues while he explores other mediums, nothing excluded. In 2009, Jeff left full-time employment to become an independent artist.
Influenced by the rich tradition of graphic satire, I view and depict my experience of the world using the ink of social realism. This backgrounds my obsession with the language of visual detail and its generous suggestion of metaphor. My formative subjective homeland was a public and private minefield. Negotiating this contradictory landscape, I have used - and continue touse - my best creative work as both a weapon of choice and a peace offering.”